What is RAINS?

The Rains Research Assistant Program supports faculty research by providing financial support for faculty to hire a student research assistant. In addition, the program allows students to develop research experiences and close collaborations with their faculty and other members of their research group.

This program is available to all full-time tenured & tenure-track faculty. Faculty members on a leave of absence are not eligible.

NOTICE: Please click "How to Apply" for additional information and the Rains application.

PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINS has multiple submission and review dates. These dates are not strict deadlines, but should be used by faculty as guidelines on when they will hear back about their applications. The date of faculty submission (not Chair approval) will be considered for review dates.

  • Submissions submitted by August 7, 2020 will be reviewed by August 31, 2020
    ** Due to confusion with the new application and technology, this date has been extended until  Wednesday, 8/12. All applications submitted by Wednesday, 8/12 will hear back by August 31st.

  • Submissions submitted by September 4, 2020 will be reviewed by September 25, 2020

    Note: If there are remaining funds, submissions submitted after September 25, 2020 will be reviewed by November 16, 2020 and February 5, 2021.